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Author's profile photo Thorsten Schneider

Recap of SAP CodeJam Bielefeld

Finally it is done: we (Eric Westenberger, Welf Walter, Jasmin Gruschke, Thorsten Schneider) have conducted our first CodeJam focusing on ABAP development on HANA. We have been to Bielefeld for that purpose. Here you can read a short recap.

The location

Some of you might have heard about the Bielefeld conspiracy. If not, you can find a summary on Wikipedia.

After our CodeJam we can confirm: Bielefeld exists. 😛 Our CodeJam took place in a small hotel outside the city center. We had a good wireless network connection, enough space and more than enough food.


The content

During the 6 hours we tried to look at everything ABAPers should know when developing on HANA. Participants installed the necessary IDE (combination of HANA Studio and ABAP Development Tools) and connected to a cloud-based ABAP 7.4 system running on the HANA database.  After the IDE was up and running each participant could take a look at areas of interest: analyzing the performance of an existing ABAP program with the new ABAP profiler, optimizing performance by means of OpenSQL, using HANA views and database procedures within ABAP programs, transporting HANA content through the ABAP transport system etc.

The feedback

Altogether the participants seemed quite happy with the event. Most guys were very focused on the system and on testing everything possible. All in all, considering this event was a premiere for us, I believe it went quite well (of course, we also stumbled across a few issues here and there). We certainly had a very good time, and from our end we are looking forward to further events in the future.

The next steps

During the next 2-3 weeks we will rework the documents we had prepared for Bielefeld a little bit (streamline some exercises, add some additional topics etc.). In August we want to have the next event. And until TechEd we plan to do 10 ABAP for HANA CodeJams altogether. We have some requests for such already. But right now chances are still good, that we visit your town if you are interested. Hence get in touch with us, if you wish to host an ABAP for HANA CodeJam between August and November. If you are interested, you can write an eMail to

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      Author's profile photo Fred Verheul
      Fred Verheul

      Hi Thorsten,

      It's been a couple of months, but I just stumbled on your recap blog post here. I can confirm that Bielefeld exists 🙂 , and that the participants seemed happy. I certainly was. In terms of stuff to work on and the preparatory work done by your team, this CodeJam was certainly the best I've attended so far.

      Looking forward to an even better one this Friday. #nopressure

      Thanks for sharing the abaponhana love via all these Codejams!

      Cheers, Fred

      Author's profile photo Thorsten Schneider
      Thorsten Schneider
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Fred,

      thanks for the flowers 🙂 . Looking forward to Eindhoven as well.

      We will reuse material / exercises from Bielefeld. But I am sure that we will also find some interesting things for you to try out beyond external views and DB procedure proxies.



      Author's profile photo Suma Rammohan
      Suma Rammohan

      Hi Thorsten,

      Hope you are doing good ...

      We did miss out on the ABAP for HANA Code Jam in Bangalore and Mumbai. Are there any plans for the same in the near future ?



      Author's profile photo Thorsten Schneider
      Thorsten Schneider
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Suma,

      thanks... fine. Hope you are fine, too.

      Regarding an ABAP for HANA CodeJam in Bangalore / Mumbai: in general we are open towards such ideas. Padmashree B drives this from Bangalore (together with the team centrally coordinating all CodeJams). But we are always looking for support from customers and partners to find participants and host events. In case you like to volunteer, please get in touch with Padma.

      My personal opinion: I would not immediately repeat the events which took place a couple of weeks ago. I also think that you already know quite a lot of the topics we did look at during the events (due to the engagements earlier this year). I would rather consider to have an event in 2014, but then including the new features which we plan to deliver with SP5 for ABAP 7.4 (like advanced OpenSQL or ABAP-managed DB procedures).

      Best regards